Basic Tool Making

with Ian Percival & Geoff Tonkin

 Tools made by Ian Percival

A basic introductory course on the making of hand tools suitable for woodworkers, carvers, sculptors, jewelers, chair makers and artisans.

Over two days students will have the opportunity to make at least two tools of their choice using simple metalworking hand tools. Skills covered include heat treatment (annealing, hardening, and tempering) shaping, cutting, grinding, sharpening and polishing. Students will also have the opportunity to make handles for their tools. Students can also refurbish old hand tools.

Cost: $300

Dates: To be confirmed, please inquire

Materials: All supplied

Location: Brooklyn Workshop near Molong NSW

Register your interest  now  contact Geoff Tonkin  by email: or ph. 0427 677 226

Accommodation? Please inquire

About the Tutor

Ian Percival has had a lifelong involvement in using and making hand tools. His expertise covers woodworking, woodturning, sculpture, carving, metal working, metal turning and blacksmithing. For thirteen years he was a visiting tutor at the ANU in Canberra at the National Institute of the Arts and a visiting tutor at the Sturt School for Wood, Mittagong Summer School. He has exhibited at the Woodcraft Guild in Canberra and was a winner at the last Wood Review Magazine tool making competition.

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Photos from November 2018 Course

                  A crank chisel made from a circular saw blade by Ian

Photos from July 2018 Course.



Photos from our first course held in February 2018